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The new MacBook Pros only make me long for an Apple custom processor even more

PC World - Fri, 2018-07-13 06:00
Apple's new MacBook Pros bring impressive speed boosts over the prior models, but there won't be any real innovation until Apple takes over the processor from Intel.

TCL 55R617 4K UHD Roku TV review: Great color and HDR for a very modest price

Mac World - Fri, 2018-07-13 06:00
The 6-series' color and HDR are astounding for this price range, but weak motion handling and problematic backlighting remind you this isn't a high-end TV.

The new MacBook Pros only make me long for an Apple custom processor even more

Mac World - Fri, 2018-07-13 06:00

Apple unveiled new MacBook Pros on Thursday and they bring much of the enhancements we expected they would: Powerful new eighth-gen Intel processors, new DDR4 RAM with double the maximum capacity, and—hallelujah—a quieter keyboard.

It also has a bigger battery, but before you get too excited, there aren’t any actual real-world gains from it. The new MacBook Pros are rated for the same “up to 10 hours wireless web and iTunes movie playback,” but good luck getting anywhere near that with actual work. Anyone who is using their Mac primarily for “wireless web” surfing probably shouldn’t be wasting their money on a $2,000 MacBook Pro.

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The PC market actually grew in Q2 2018, thanks to business PCs

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-12 20:44

Quarterly PC sales grew the most since 2012, IDC said Thursday afternoon, driven by commercial demand and a growing American appetite for gaming PCs.

Preliminary results for the second quarter forecast unit growth—yes, growth—of 2.7 percent, year over year, to 62.3 million units. That’s the strongest growth since the first quarter of 2012, when the PC market grew by 4.2 percent, IDC said. Rival firm Gartner agreed, estimating that 62.1 million PCs were sold in the second quarter of 2018, a 1.4 percent increase from the second quarter of 2017.

Worldwide, the PC market had been flat over the past three quarters. Within the United States, however, the PC market has grown for two consecutive quarters. Both worldwide and in the North American market, the biggest driver was business PCs. But IDC also pointed to a surge in gaming PCs, helped by lower prices in graphics cards.

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You Can Get This $130 Wifi HD Panoramic Security Camera For $45

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-12 14:05

The future home is the smart home, with homeowners exercising control over every aspect of a home’s functionality, such as lighting, heating, music, and when your coffee gets prepared in the morning. However, a growing worry in our ever-increasing reliance on smart devices is vulnerability to hacking, which jeopardizes not only our home’s functionality, but also our safety.

A security camera can add an extra layer of security to your smart home setup, but its functionality is immediately compromised if a hacker taps into its security feed. Luckily, hackers will find it next to impossible to hack into this iPM World HD 360 Degree 1080p Wireless IP Camera, which you can find here for $49.99.

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Microsoft challenges Slack with a free version of Microsoft Teams

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-12 14:00

On Thursday, Microsoft began offering a free version of Microsoft Teams as an incentive to switch over from Slack—and is loading it up with key features such as unlimited chat messages. 

Earlier this week, Slack said it was improving its own in-app search, with automated suggestions. Slack’s free version still limits users to 10,000 searchable messages, though—and Teams does not. That’s one of the key selling points of the new free Teams service; the other is the number of users—300—which will be enough for many small businesses.

"For us, it was all about continually breaking down barriers to [Teams]," said Lori Wright, General Manager of Microsoft 365 Teamwork, in an interview. "We don’t necessarily think you should be an Office 365 subscriber to experience the power of the Teams solution."

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Apple ends its photo printing service after 16 years

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-12 14:00

If you’re a fan of Apple’s photo printing service, you won’t like this news one bit. According to a new message popping up in the Photos app, Apple appears to be discontinuing its Photo Print Products service. First launched in 2002, Photo Prints Products grew from supporting simple prints to producing albums, calendars, and photo books.

The message, first spotted by 9to5Mac, instructs users of macOS 10.13.6 to make their “final purchases” by September 30 of this year. MacOS Mojave’s Photo app has already scrapped any mention of the service.

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Pay what you want for 35 hours of professional Python training

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-12 13:59

Whether you're an aspiring programmer or a seasoned pro, you'd be remiss to leave Python out of your programming repertoire. Amazingly versatile and famed for its user-friendliness, Python is a staple in many a coder's toolbox, and it's even become a driving force in a host of today's AI and machine learning innovations. If you want to future-proof your coding skillset, you can do so for a price you get to choose with the Pay What You Want: Total Python Machine Learning Bundle.

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Apple’s pitiful Beats Back to School promotion is slightly less pitiful this year

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-12 11:32

If you’re a college student who’s thinking of getting one of the new MacBooks for the fall semester, the Apple Store probably isn’t the best place to buy it. And as has been the case for the past several years, Apple’s 2018 Back to School promotion isn’t going to be much of a help, though it is slightly better than last year’s offer.

Students buying the new MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, iMac or iMac Pro, or Mac Pro will get to choose from a free pair of Beats Solo3 Wireless ($300), Powerbeats 3 Wireless ($200), or Beats X ($150) headphones. Of note, the offer includes the new Apple Store-exclusive Pop Collection colors.

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RAVPower wireless chargers are dirt-cheap in Amazon Prime's sale—and these codes save more

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-12 11:18

A good fast wireless charger can add speed and convenience to your battery boost. Right now, RAVPower has several wireless chargers on sale at steep discounts as a one-day Amazon Prime deal of the day—and the company supplied us with codes to make them even cheaper.

First up, RAVPower’s $38 10W Qi fast wireless charger can be yours for $23 with the code RAVPC066. It normally costs $38. This flat charger’s LED battery indicator helps you know the charging status of your device. It also features a non-slip coating so your phone won’t slide around.

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RAVPower wireless chargers are dirt-cheap in Amazon Prime's sale—and these codes save more

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-12 11:18

A good fast wireless charger can add speed and convenience to your battery boost. Right now, RAVPower has several wireless chargers on sale at steep discounts as a one-day Amazon Prime deal of the day—and the company supplied us with codes to make them even cheaper.

First up, RAVPower’s $38 10W Qi fast wireless charger can be yours for $23 with the code RAVPC066. It normally costs $38. This flat charger’s LED battery indicator helps you know the charging status of your device. It also features a non-slip coating so your phone won’t slide around.

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Chrome gobbles much more RAM due to Google's 'Site Isolation' protection for Spectre CPU flaws

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-12 10:49

The critical Meltdown and Spectre bugs baked deep into modern computer processors will have ramifications on the entire industry for years to come, and Chrome just became collateral damage. Google 67 enabled “Site Isolation” Spectre protection for most users, and the browser now uses 10 to 13 percent more RAM due to how the fix behaves.

“Site Isolation does cause Chrome to create more renderer processes, which comes with performance tradeoffs,” Google’s Charlie Reis says. “On the plus side, each renderer process is smaller, shorter-lived, and has less contention internally, but there is about a 10-13% total memory overhead in real workloads due to the larger number of processes. Our team continues to work hard to optimize this behavior to keep Chrome both fast and secure.”

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Chrome gobbles much more RAM due to Google's 'Site Isolation' protection for Spectre CPU flaws

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-12 10:49
The Site Isolation feature that protects Google's Chrome browser against Spectre CPU attacks is live for 99 percent of users, but it drives up RAM usage significantly.

Steam’s useless 'Upcoming Releases' list embraces algorithms to become less useless

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-12 10:04

There was a time, not that far in the past, where I used to assemble PCWorld’s video game review calendar from Steam’s “Upcoming Releases” list. We’re talking 2013, maybe 2014. Even then, there was a lot of trash—this was post-Greenlight. But it was a manageable amount of trash, and the unfiltered Upcoming Releases list was a great overview of each month’s releases.

As Valve ramped up the number of releases though, the Upcoming list became increasingly useless. How useless? According to Valve, “The old Upcoming list was only clicked on by less than half of one percent of customers.” Turns out an unfiltered look at the games coming to Steam each week is a great way to realize how much trash Valve’s hands-off approach is letting through—not to mention the fact that some games continually moved their release dates in order to sit on the list each month.

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Canary's new Safety Button turns your smartphone into a personal hotline to first responders

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-12 10:00
Canary Membership subscribers now have one-touch access to local emergency services when they're away from home, too.

Alienware's monster 34-inch curved G-Sync display is $500 off in Dell's 'Black Friday in July' blowout

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-12 09:36

When it comes to gaming monitors there are standard screens, and then there are visual experiences. Today, Dell’s got a good price on the latter type of display, but it’ll still cost you. The retailer has an Alienware 34-inch curved 3440-by-1440 G-Sync monitor for $1,000Remove non-product link. That’s a lot of bread, but it’s about $100 to $200 cheaper than what you’ll find elsewhere right now and $500 off the MSRP. It also happens to be Dell’s Black Friday price from last year, which makes sense as it’s part of Dell.com’s big “Black Friday in July” blowoutRemove non-product link with deals on all sorts of electronics.

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Mobvoi TicWatch Pro review: A second screen doesn't solve any of Wear OS's problems

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-12 09:05

The Mobvoi TicWatch Pro wants to solve the one problem Wear OS doesn’t really have: battery life. While some older LTE-enabled Wear OS watches might struggle to get through a day of normal use, most of them are plenty capable of handling a full day of step tracking, Lyft hailing, and message sending. The TicWatch Pro is no different in that regard. Use it as a smartwatch and you’ll probably need to plug it in before hitting the sack.

Rather, Mobvoi’s battery innovation is the addition of a second, low-power display on top of the standard 1.4-inch OLED. Activate it, and it shuts down most functions and lets the watch eke out every last drop of power before shutting down.

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Here's how fast the 2018 MacBook Pro 15 will be

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-12 08:55

With Apple announcing Thursday that it has dropped a 6-core 8th-gen Core i7 8750H into the MacBook Pro 15 there are two things we know for sure. The first is that the boost in performance will be huge. The second: It still won't be faster than the fastest PC laptops.

Sure, you could say we're just being haters because we heart PC. But unlike the iPad and iPhone, Apple doesn't make its own CPUs. It relies on the same ones PC laptops have been using since at least April. All of the testing we've done already on Intel's 8th-gen "Kaby Lake R" (reviewed here), the 8th-gen "Kaby Lake G" (reviewed here), and the 8th-gen "Coffee Lake H" (reviewed here) lets us say with high confidence just how fast the new 2018 MacBook Pro 15 will be when it ships.

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What to expect from the MacBook Pro’s leap to 8th-generation Intel processors

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-12 08:35
Apple is finally refreshing the MacBook Pro line with 8th-generation (Coffee Lake) Intel CPUs, and everything is about to get a whole lot faster.

What to expect from the MacBook Pro’s leap to 8th-generation Intel processors

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-12 08:35

This past April, when all the high-performance Windows laptops transitioned to Intel’s new 8th-generation “Coffee Lake” processors, Apple fans were left scratching their heads. If it offers such a huge boost in performance...why isn’t Apple upgrading the MacBook Pro?

Well better late than never, as they say. Apple’s bumping up the specs of the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro (with Touch Bar) to the 8th-generation Intel chips, plus adding a few other goodies that should help make them tear through your Final Cut and Photoshop tasks.

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